Marfa, TX (journal, photos)

Spring 2019 – Truck Camper Travel

In the spring of 2019 Dave and I left from our property in Texas to explore the western USA.


We rolled into town on day two of travel. 

(The first night we’d spent the in the San Angelo Walmart parking lot.  We also visited a friend who lives there.)

Frosty & Camper in front of the Courthouse.  I always take pics of courthouses I see. (I dig architecture, design, construction.)

We parked on a side street under the shade of a tree.  Dave made lunch and I cleaned the front of the truck & the solar panels.  Then we lounged in the camper and read a book.

After our siesta, we walked around the town.   

After that, we made a  trip to the grocery store.  Then we headed out of town to the evening’s boondocking spot.  

Hotel Paisano.  Cool building.  Was recently given a face-lift and refurb.  You can read about the history at

Marfa has become known as an art town.  I love the buildings, the art, the West Texas landscape.  On weekends the town draws people from all over the world.  Lots of fashion on display.  Lots of hip little shops.   The popularity of the place has increased the price of living and visiting here.

Wikipedia- Link to Marfa info

Green Roof – Marfa style.

There are a variety of restaurants.  I haven’t tried them but they look cool.  I get the impression there’s been an influx of out of town money.  People have fixed things up, renovated buildings, made things “cool”. 

My travel style is on the frugal side.  We cook most of our meals in our traveling kitchen (which saves money and is often better food).

GIANT (the movie) art installation west of Marfa.

Near Valentine, Texas.  The Prada Marfa store.  Not a real store.  Just because.  The irony of a luxury store in the middle of nowhere.  West Texas is wild and sparsely populated.

It’s a good spot to stretch your legs.  This place has had A LOT of pictures taken and posted on the internet.

From Marfa, we headed northwest and ended up in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

West Texas Tip:  If you plan to drive here…pay attention to the fuel gauge.  Fuel stations can be far and few between.  We once came close to running out of fuel and we’re normally very on top of this.

Best to top off whenever the opportunity presents itself. 

Big Bend country is an impressive landscape.  The sky, mesas, desert,  and solitude of wide-open space is a favorite mine.

On this trip, we did not, but I also recommend going farther south to the Rio Grande.

Video filmed in Marfa

#39 – Marfa, TX – (Our dog Tuff was still with us then.  We think of him often!)

SPRING 2019 – Marfa, TX & Guadelupe Mountains Vlog 1 

I vlog our travels in North America & Mexico. 

Dave & I also make videos showing our DIY projects, food, art, & lifestyle.

Here’s a link to our YouTube homepage.


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